19 Nov Patrick Donald Master Works
Irishman Patrick Donald has been a fine art black-and-white documentary and landscape photographer for 25 years now, his work spans not only decades but also quite a cross-section of human life and in a number of interesting locations afar afield as India, Mongolia, and Cuba, and many are from his home country, Ireland. He has brought together what he calls The Master Works collection of photography, which he has recently made available as limited Edition hand-signed archival collectors prints. This section of the website has been a long time coming but certainly has been worth the wait as it showcases many photographs that have not been seen by the public before now. This collection of fine art originals includes many beautiful landscapes of Ireland as well as street photography from Dublin and around the world, in his unique signature photographic decisive moment style, bringing heart and soul to the viewer’s awareness. This style of a photojournalist or reportage-type work gives an honest account of the subjects, in so far as the subject matter is left to create the worthiness and intrigue of the captured moment in the final print. It would seem that patience and a keen eye to spot the depth of the energy in the scene is essential as it unfolds, and what manifests in front of the lens is magnetised by the happy soul behind it.
As Patrick says: ‘Change the way you look at things, the things you look at change’ This also crosses over nicely with my interest in health and well-being, and how gratefulness plays a large part in attracting good pictures. Feeling grateful has more of an impact on one’s health than people realise, it is the ultimate state of receivership. That is why whenever I am taking pictures I always say that it is my way to being expressive of how grateful I am feeling, and the results truly show on those days, and in my view, there is nothing more satisfying than a timeless photograph channelled from this state. A truly timeless picture can only be taken by being fully present and at one with the subject, heart and head aligned and magically a poignant moment is born. The masterworks are those pieces that I feel have that degree of depth of emotion and as such are produced as fine art archival limited edition prints.
The words that surround the work are only my way of understanding the drive behind why I do it. Call it fine art or whatever you want to call it, it’s how you feel in front of the picture that matters, both me when I capture it and hopefully you when you view it, the goal is to lift up and maybe even empower. Thank you sincerely for reading my ramblings, have a super grateful day.